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A Simple Christmas on the Farm

A Simple Christmas on the Farm

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When a little girl finds out her family is planning a "simple" Christmas this year, she's not so sure about it. But soon she gets into the spirit of simplicity and generosity by making presents and Christmas decorations with her parents and grandparents on their family farm. She and her mama share Christmas cookies with friends they meet, inviting everyone to join them for Christmas in their little red barn.

Warm and heartfelt, this story invites children and families to imagine an inclusive Christmas, focusing on the simple pleasures of connection, community, and the care and generosity shared by making things by hand. Step-by-step directions for creating three handmade Christmas gifts are included at the end of the book. 

Full of warmth and nostalgia, the Countryside Holiday series celebrates family, community, simplicity, and generosity.

Invite kids to embrace the spirit of simplicity and generosity with this free guide that shows how they can make their own homemade Christmas gifts for loved ones.


"The simple, but special, Christmas celebrated in this heartwarming story is one that I yearn for. In the style of her first book, Thanksgiving in the Woods, Phyllis Alsdurf takes us back to the true spirit of Christmas and invites us to step through the doors of a little red barn, where we are reminded what this holiday should really be about: giving, generosity, friendship, and family. If you buy only one Christmas picture book this year, make it this one."

Glenys Nellist, author of Little Mole's Christmas Gift and 'Twas the Evening of Christmas

"A sweet story about refocusing holiday values away from consumerism and back to family, giving, sharing, and community. I would not be surprised if young readers will want to start new traditions of their own."

Heidi Stemple, author of Counting Birds and coauthor of A Kite for Moon

"One family's simple Christmas is a joyful reminder that generosity, love, and community are the true gifts of the season. A heartwarming look at Christmas without the commercial trappings."

Laura Renauld, author of Fred's Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers and Porcupine's Pie

Product Info

  • Format Picture Book
  • ISBN 9781506471365
  • eBook ISBN 9781506471372
  • Age Preschool (3-5 years); Early Grades (5-8 years)
  • Dimensions 10 x 10
  • Pages 40
  • Publication Date September 28, 2021